'French Septuplet', 1895.
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Photograph showing seven Frenchmen on a seven-seater bicycle, taken from an album of pictures collected by Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910), English motor car manufacturer and aviator. Rolls founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906, creating one of the world's most famous motoring companies. He was a well known and succesful competitor in motor races of the time, and was also a keen aviator, becoming the first person to make a non-stop double crosing of the English Channel in a aeroplane. He was killed in 1910 when his plane crashed at the Bournemouth Air Show.